While it might not have eclipsed their $25,000 goal, KidSport Tri-Cities sold more than $20,000 worth of used equipment at last week's fundraising sale in Coquitlam.
The non-profit society funds local kids in lower-income families to help cover some of the costs of playing sports. The tally also exceeded last year's total by $2,000.
Considering they were competing with two of the biggest parties of the century with Port Coquitlam and Port Moody's centennial birthday bashes attracting thousands of people each, KidSport Tri-Cities chair Chris Wilson was happy with the results.
"Maybe this is corny, but we're always blown away by how generous the community is and how much they've supported us," he told the Tri-Cities NOW. "The quality of the equipment we get donated is usually great, and it's just really heartwarming to see people make the effort."
With more than 100 volunteers working over the weekend preparing, organizing and helping sell the equipment, Wilson couldn't have asked for a better group.
He estimates 1,400 people came through their doors, equal to last year he said, but they spent more money than ever before.
He says it's part generosity, and part better selection of equipment.
"This time we had more bikes than ever before," he said. "Prices at the sale range from free to maybe $100 for a bike. If you have a lot more bikes it really helps with your revenue."
Some of the best deals at the bi-annual sale were full sets of hockey gear for $100, or complete lacrosse gear for about $90.
The previous record was set last August when the group took in about $18,000 in sales. In total, 609 Tri-Cities kids received a helping hand from KidSport last year.
Next year this time, he says he might do a little research before committing to a date.
"When I made that goal I didn't realize it was the same weekend with the two cities major celebrations," he said.
© Copyright 2013